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LOVE THUG (a.k.a. Can't I Do Anything Wrong?) Kindle Edition

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Length: 81 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1362 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Freaky Dude Books (January 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CJO74KE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,087,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Berenson is a long time elementary and middle school educator in North Carolina (with a year in England as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher thrown in). He is the founder and a principal contributor at Freaky Dude Books, where he posts original poetry, videos, and achingly poignant pearls of wisdom. At the site he has also maintained a blog with news and timely, incisive comments. However the blog has been in essence taken over by Dr. Crankenfuss, a rebellious, rambunctious adolescent who invests most of his energy in perpetual rants against real or perceived injustices at school or in the world at large. And not only that, Dr. C often writes in rap or rhyme. It's all Daniel can do to keep the kid focused -- Crankenfuss definitely displays symptoms of ADHD -- while he continues to write novels, short story collections, poetry, and moose joke books aimed at kids, teenagers, and maturity-challenged adults.

Daniel teams with Maureen Dunlap in most everything important. (If this is not so, please do not destroy his illusions.) She provides the art, animation, and design for his website and for some of his books. In return he provides her things beyond her ken (though he does his best to explain them). They are perhaps the only author/illustrator dance couple extant and although when they met, Daniel was so superior in his dance mojo it wasn't even funny, Maureen has progressively caught up to and probably surpassed Daniel's intermediate level of west coast swing, thus torpedoing what little remains of his self-esteem and worth. (Just type in Daniel Berenson at YouTube and you can judge their relative merits on the dance floor.) Though upstaged in that metier, Daniel trudges onward, continuing to create in the unceasing hope that someone - maybe millions of someones -- will ultimately respond to his artistic endeavors.

In lieu of flowers, Daniel requests that you purchase his books at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne M. Friedman on June 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Having spent twenty-five years cramming literature down the throats of students, I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of Young Adult fiction. It was a pleasure to find a new book that was both well-written and fun to read, and which sports a theme and setting that younger (fourth to eighth grade) students can both relate to and enjoy. I doubt there is a student in that bracket who can't imagine being in the position of main character Billy (discovering Stupid Love for the first time), his friends (particularly the unrequitedly adoring Laurie and long-suffering wing man, Kevin) and, of course, the source of Billy's angst, the lovely Veronica. This book has the potential to be a young reader classic and offers ample opportunity for teachable moments as a fun classroom assignment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Okay, Love Thug may not be great literature, but it's a fun read. The story should appeal to elementary and middle school kids, as well as grown-ups who act like they're still kids (okay, I'm guilty). The story reminded me of the Archie comic books that I read many years ago, with Archie Andrews mooning over the aloof and unattainable Veronica Lodge, while smart, sweet, and funny Betty Cooper was there for him all the time. In Love Thug, Billy Cantrell is dying to be best boyfriend with the alluring Veronica, while Laurie, his less flashy neighbor, is the girl who pines for him.

Billy thought he knew the way to Veronica's heart. It was a simple plan, really. Veronica dug Lester, Wannamaker Secondary School's bad boy. All Billy had to do was be a badder dude than Lester to take over his place in Veronica's heart. But he would quickly find out that for a long-time nerd to shift gears and become the school's new bad boy wasn't as easy as he imagined. As Billy's best friend Kevin concluded, "Love thuggin's hard if you can't do no wrong."

Love Thug was a well written, funny story that captured both the humor and the pathos of adolescent love.

A review copy of the book was provided by the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dafna Yee on June 17, 2013
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LOVE THUG is a charming, well-written, and well-edited children's book that I enjoyed reading very much. This is one of those all too rare self-published books that was written by a man who had mastered the English language and obviously knew his subject. From the first page to the last, the story flowed smoothly and easily.

The main character, Billy, is a very nice boy and that fact has become the bane of his existence. Billy has decided that, since Veronica, the girl he has an enormous crush on, only has eyes for Lester, the school's bad boy, he will become the ultimate in bad. However, his sterling reputation and good instincts seem to conspire against him because, no matter what "foolproof" scheme he comes up with, he finds that he just can't do anything WRONG. Not giving up (being determined is such a good quality), Billy continues his campaign with the reluctant assistance of his best friend, Kevin and the occasional input from his friend, Laurie, who has an unrequited crush on HIM. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I'll keep the rest of the story a surprise package.

I think that the sparkling dialogues really drive this story along with the fresh, original concept and wonderful artwork. The book does have a serious message, but it blends in so well with the madcap adventures that it makes learning the lesson completely painless. Although this book will delight both the boys and girls that it was written for, approximate ages between eight and thirteen, I had a smile on my face that lasted after I finished the story. If you are looking for a book, for a child or yourself, that is both very funny as well as poignant, then I highly recommend that you read LOVE THUG ASAP. Happy reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jules on June 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Although this book was a fun fictional read it definately works directly off the thought process of some youngsters. I work with troubled teens on a daily basis and I can attest that they will go to extraordinary lengths to impress, or more accurately, try to impress one another. Bad is the new good, right? (or so they think!) It was a very creative, descriptive story allowing you to visualize Billy as he mangled his way throught his days at school trying to impress his love interest (great illustrations as well). The irony of how things kept backfiring for Billy was just too much! The author really makes you feel for Billy...You almost want him to be able to succeed at being bad by the end of the book, poor soul!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Silk, Author/Reviewer on May 31, 2013
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This is a very funny young adult novel, more perhaps for ages 10-12. This novel is simply written and just the right length for a youngster to read. I'm not a youngster, and I found it hilarious as Bill Cantrell, who always does the correct things in his life, feels he needs to make himself different to get the girl he sighs over. As Billy boards the morning school bus and sits with his friend Kevin, he seriously tells him, "Kevin, I'm gonna do it today!" He is determined to impress the girl, Veronica Labelle, that he was not a nerd, but the school's baddest dude! But right now, Veronica likes Lester Futz ... the boogeyman of Billy's nightmares. Lester has 'attitude' and Billy's goal is to have a lot more 'tude to draw Veronica away from Lester. Billy is going to be the No. 1, Tower of Power! He's going to be a worst dude than Lester, but on many attempts, he fails: in the bathroom coup, the library heist, and he even fails explaining to Veronica that he has another side to him rather than being just a good student. No matter how hard he tries to be bad, he always winds up the good boy. How is he ever going to win over Veronica? Will she be worth the win? This is a really funny story to read, very amusing, and well written. The dialog is that of young adults, talking in ways that youngsters do these days. Preteens, boys and girls, will enjoy this read. The artwork is stellar by Wallace Sellars and Maureen Dunlap. I know this team had great fun in creating this story, which also has a strong message for youngsters who think acting like someone else can make them better. Highly recommend.
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